Camp Capsule #14

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Camp Capsule #14

Postby Justice Hog » Wed Aug 06, 2003 1:35 pm

Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. EDT


This morning I woke up at 5:00 a.m., hopped in the shower, and started by 2 ½ drive to Redskins Park for my one chance (this year) to watch a day at training camp.

...and what a day it was!!!

Because I got there a little early, my buddy and I were punting a football back and forth (and I wasn’t doin’ half bad if I must say) when this guy (wearing a Redskins while polo shirt) drives up to us and says, “You kick that ball pretty well,” he said. “Thanks,” I replied, “I used
to play soccer in high school way back when. With that, the passenger in the car, Mike Stock, asked me (and my friend) to follow them....right into Redskins park!! As some of you may know, Mike Stock is the special teams coach for the Redskins and, guess what, HE WANTED TO GIVE ME A TRY
OUT AT PUNTER!!!

....then.....

......I woke up.

For any Redskins fan, attending a day at training came, really, is like a dream...so I’m not too far off base here. If you ever get the chance to attend even one day, please don’t pass it up. It’s an awesome experience. This is my 2nd trip to Redskins camp (the 1st was two years ago in Pennsylvania). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both trips (though it’s easier to get there now than in PA).

Moving on, here are my observations of this morning’s practice session (It is also the only one scheduled for today):

Players started arriving at 8:40 a.m.. Many were stretching.

Both punters, Bartholomew and Barker, were practicing punting. Watching them both, I gotta tell ya that at this time I really liked what I saw in Bartholomew. His punts seemed to have much more hang-time and traveled approximately 10 yards further than Barker’s. (More on this
later)

Fielding these early punts were: Sean Dillard, Patrick Johnson, Chad Morton, and Robert Gillespie. All did fine.

Then came the stretching.

Both the offensive and defensive units lined up together and began stretching. Fred Smoot was next to Bruce Smith and it was really funny how talkative Smoot was. Sounded like he was having an Ali v. Frazier debate (who the best fighter was) with another (unknown) player. Smoot seemed to conclude that Ali was the better fighter, FYI.

For this practice, everyone was in full pads, except Lloyd Harrison and Ladell Betts.

One of about 1500 fans watching, I next observed the offensive and defensive units separate to different fields. I stuck with the offense because I wanted to see Ramsey for myself.

Here is what the offensive unit were doing at this time:

Running Backs Drills
Barrel avoidance;
Running in/out of cones;
Staying low as coaches slammed foam pillars into them;
Taking a pitch from the Quarterback; and
Play action short passes [Hamdan was throwing].

Quarterback
Just had a catch with each other (except Hamdan, who helped the RBs)

Tight Ends
Worked on blocking skills;
worked on block “and releasing” to be a receiver

Wide Receivers
Worked on some ball control skills;
Ran some down-and-out routes;
Ran some down-and-in routes.

Offensive Line
Worked on beating the crap out of each other on the line.

I then watched Rob Johnson throw some quick-outs to the receivers....and I gotta say, I concur with much of what was said about him on this board. His short throws lacked zip and tended to float. That spells trouble in
my book!

Not surprisingly, Spurrier spent most of his time with Quarterbacks and WRs.

One play I saw them working on (that I thought was interesting) was....the Quarterback would pass to WR#1 (looked like a lateral) and then WR#1 would through a pass across the field to WR#2. (One thing I learned watching this drill is that Rod Gardner makes a much better
receiver than he is a quarterback!!)

Most of the throws by the Quarterbacks were on target, except Rob Johnson (as I already noted) floated a few. Most of the balls were caught, however. Once catch by Sean Dillard seemed really jerky...and not fluid at all. On one play, Ramsey through a bullet to Coles, who was being covered by Bailey. Both Bailey and the ball arrived at the same time...and Bailey stripped Coles of the ball. That stirred up the crowd...and also stirred up the defense!

Next came some 11 on 11 drills focusing on the running game. Rob Johnson handled the QB duties here. Kenny Watson was very impressive here....as was Canidate. David Terrell, however, was not. On one play, Watson came around the corner and ran right over Terrell, who was backtracking on his feet. NOT GOOD! Canidate also made it known that he should be considered the #1 back. He had an impressive morning practice. This guy is really “built for speed.”

Next came some special teams work by K John Hall.

He started kicking at around 30 yards out. All were good...with a lot of room to spare. At 40 yards, the same. When he went to 45 yards, he missed only one and made the remaining 2-3.

My observation of John Hall? THIS DUDE CAN KICK!!! He seems to have a GREAT (and accurate) leg!

I’m looking forward to seeing him play this year.

Next came the full-contact punting drills. Here is where I was very surprised. Unlike earlier in the morning, Bartholomew’s punts were wobbly, shorter, and just didn’t look good. Barker, on the other hand, was blasting his kicks long and high.

As for our punting situation....more observation is needed, I think.

One interesting observation, several times Chad Morton handled the punt only to hand it off to Champ Bailey (on an end-around type of play). Look for this play in the regular season!!

One other note: Almost all punt-returners fielded the punts cleanly. Patrick Johnson, however, let one ball hit hims smack in the numbers and bounce off of his chest. Hopefully, this is a one-time thing.

Next came some more passing drills. A couple of notes:

* Robert Royal has some really soft hands;
* Rob Johnson really stinks at short hard throws but seems to be better when he is lobbing the ball down the field for 20-30 yards.
* Cliff Russell is the real deal. On one play, he blew by the defensive player and caught a long pass for a touchdown. Once he caught it, his burst of speed was surely impressive.
* Fred Smoot is the loudest player on the team, whether he is playing or not!
* Danny Wuerffel stunk up the joint! One one series, he threw only 2 passes. One was tipped for an interception. The other looked like it was thrown (purposefully) right into the arms of Champ Bailey!!!
* Laveranues Coles is also the real deal. He caught many balls that were extremely difficult, also making one one-handed catch that stirred the crowd.

I, for one, am hoping that Wuerffel is simply going to be a “mentor” this year and not an actual back-up!!

Being from Delaware, I looked around for Darnerien McCants [DelawareState University]; however, I didn’t see him. He may have been at practice...but I didn’t see him.

After some sprints to end the practice, most of the players went in without signing autographs for the fans.

Practice ended around 11:00 a.m.

The following players, however, did spend a lot of time with the fans:

Danny Wuerffel
Gibran Hamdan
Renaldo Wynn
Chris Samuels
Del Cowsette

While the fans were getting their autographs, I was spending about $80 on Redskins paraphernalia at the store!

What a great day!!!
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Postby BossHog » Wed Aug 06, 2003 2:35 pm

Thanks for the report Fran. Thorough and unlike the rest of us you threw in a little comic relief for our enjoyment!!

I think I speak for everybody when I say let's keep this ball rolling. Our coverage is second to none.

I hope everybody is telling all their friends to check out these reports. The more people that we have logging in to the board, the better the chance we have of getting every practice covered. anyone going to tomorrow's practice?
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Postby TennesseeCarl » Wed Aug 06, 2003 3:37 pm

Great report. It's nice to hear about a noticeable difference in our PK over years past (I was really sick of Conway).

How did you like this camp as opposed to Carlisle?


Also, sorry you didn't get to see Darnerian - I understand he's got a pulled hammy. I recall speaking to him at camp the past two seasons and he was a really nice kid.

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Postby woohit56 » Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:08 pm

another excellent report. thanks for the info on Cliff Russell. I've been waiting for an update on his progress.

nice twist with the punting story. I got sucked in like a dork. haha :oops:

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Postby skinsfanno9 » Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:27 pm

Awesome report! I Loved the dream at the beginning! I'm also still scared to death of seeing Ramsey go down. From what I saw on Tuesday I think Weurffle did better than Johnson, but we are only talking about a matter of degrees - what a drop off. At least we won't worry about Spurrier pulling Ramsey for Danny.

Couple questions: Did you get a chance to see any of the fullbacks catch the ball? Also, I heard Spurrier say on the radio that all the QBs and WRs didn't concentrate very hard today. Did they seem lazy to you today or was that just game posturing?

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Postby Scooter » Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:36 pm

Very good report, you had me going there. If you would have said something like - Stock said his 'punter punted like a girl' I would have known you were telling the truth! 8). Glad you're there man. Keep up the good work!

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Postby newshog » Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:42 pm

Also, I heard Spurrier say on the radio that all the QBs and WRs didn't concentrate very hard today.

Sounds like he wasn't very happy with them today. If I had to guess, I bet they're getting a little tired of the same ol'-same ol' and want to go play somebody else. Good coaching decision to have the afternoon off from practice to talk about a game plan for Carolina--give 'em something else to think about.

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Postby RBatchelor » Wed Aug 06, 2003 10:22 pm

Hasn't Lloyd Harrison been gone for a couple of years? He was a third round bust from NC State and I thought he turned up in Dan Diego. Maybe I am getting mixed up.

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Postby martin collinson » Thu Aug 07, 2003 4:43 am

Great post Fran

I think we have to be concerned about our back up QB situation. It will be instructive to see how they go in preseason. To be fair to Danny he has come straight off the street - it will take him a week or two to shake off the rust. Hes worth having around as another QB coach.

Apart from this the offense seems in good sahpe. Anybody got a take on how the D'Line is shaping up?

HTTR

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Postby BossHog » Thu Aug 07, 2003 6:42 am

We DID dump Harrison Rbatchelor... but we picked him up again. he has been rehabbing an injury for the entire training camp though.

If you go to camp... harrison is the guy on the art. turf page doing wind sprints.

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Postby Justice Hog » Thu Aug 07, 2003 9:47 am

Thanks for the feedback my fellow Redskins loyalists!

Let me try to answer some of the questions posed:

How did you like this camp as opposed to Carlisle?


I liked this camp a lot more. It was easier to get to and the fields were closer together. The down side is, however, in Carlisle you can walk from the practice fields to the town nearby and go for lunch. Redskin Park is kinda in the sticks somewhat so you'll have to drive for lunch.

Did you get a chance to see any of the fullbacks catch the ball?


Not much. I'm sure they worked on this . . . but I think I was focusing on the WRs at the time. Sorry.

Also, I heard Spurrier say on the radio that all the QBs and WRs didn't concentrate very hard today. Did they seem lazy to you today or was that just game posturing?


This is hard to answer. Because I was there for just one day, I am unable to guage their performance with previous days. They seemed to be doing okay in my book...but...again, that's just one day's observation.

Apart from this the offense seems in good sahpe. Anybody got a take on how the D'Line is shaping up?


Because I didn't watch the defensive drills at all, I really have no clue about them. Like everyone else, the status of the DL is really, really scaring me. I don't want the Skins rushing defense to finish last in the league again...but it looks like we may be headed that way. Hopefully, if we don't get help at DL, our LBs will step up and make the RBs pay for coming into their territory!
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Postby RedskinsFreak » Thu Aug 07, 2003 10:07 am

Woah, Fran .... get some water! What a post!

Thanks for the detailed info. I tell ya, reading these reports is probably BETTER than going. You don't have to deal with the heat and/or the crowds and water isn't $3 a bottle!

If anyone else goes, Mark, Fran and skinsfanno9 have set the bar quite high!
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